Yoruba Mythology

The Gods of Yorubaland (Nigeria, Benin and Togo)

OSHUN

Yoruba Love Goddess

Also known as OSUN

Sweet Goddess of Love, Creativity and Sensuality

Known as the goddess of the sweet waters, she is the protective deity of the River Oshun. But that’s just the beginning as she’s another Yoruba deity with many different aspects to her character. She can turn from curing the sick and promoting fertility to being the Goddess of Luxurious Love.

Oshun delights in the pleasures of the senses and blesses all forms of intimacy. She also loves artistry, whether in the kitchen, the studio, the garden or the bedroom. Known as the Modest One, she’s wonderfully delicate and bashful — when she’s not consorting with Shango, that is.

She also does divination with shells and loves to decorate herself with beautiful beads and such. She is her very own fashion show.

Oshun has her very own freshwater river, whose gentle twists and turns symbolize the sensual movements of her very female self. She’s very popular with modern pagans, and no wonder. We’re quite keen on her ourselves.

Oshun Facts and Figures

Name: Oshun
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names: OSUN

Gender: Female
Type: Goddess
Area or people: Yoruba people of Nigeria and Benin
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

In charge of: Love
Area of expertise: Love

Good/Evil Rating: GREAT, really beneficial
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Article last revised on May 19, 2019 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

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